Overview

Applicants
58
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.16
Years Work Experience
7.6
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
455 - 565
GPA
2.88 - 3.50

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
June 26

Regular Application Deadline
July 24

Rolling Admission Deadline
October 9

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
15

67
Full-time
33
Part-time
13
Female


Students Say

Valparaiso University College of Business offers "strong academic programs with an emphasis on values-based leadership and sustainability," thereby creating MBAs who are "well-equipped to be the leaders of the future green economy," students report. It's a big deal; Valpo's "commitment to moral and ethical standing" is frequently cited by students when asked to explain why they chose to attend this northwest Indiana university. Convenience, especially for the part-time students who make up about 36 percent of the MBA student body, is another factor. Valpo offers evening classes with the ability to attend remotely anf through which live on-campus classes are broadcast over the Internet (allowing those remote students to participate in class). Valpo's online software also allows students to collaborate on group projects remotely.

Valpo's MBA program is small and relatively new. It is also innovative, particularly in its scheduling. Valpo's eight-week bloc system creates six different entry dates during the academic year and allows a pick-and-choose approach that accommodates both fast-trackers and those who need take a little more time to complete the degree. The Valpo MBA entails eight core courses and four elective, or "enhancement" courses; the latter run the gamut from finance to management to e-commerce. Students who lack adequate undergraduate training in business can complete a series of foundational courses in addition to their core and enhancement work.

The small size of the MBA program and a "low student-to-professor ratio" mean plenty of "individual attention from professors," which students appreciate. "Access to mentors and extra projects is excellent" here, and students report that "it's easy to get into the classes you want" (although class selection, due to the size of the program, is limited). Professors bring "real-world experience" to the classroom to "provide real-world examples that we can immediately implement at work." Administrators are "constantly looking to improve the available programs. They seek student input [on] topics [ranging from]…new courses offered to the overall strategic plan of the university."


Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Values-Based Leadership

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
http://www.valpo.edu/mba/programs/concentrations/

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$53,000
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
20%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
60%
Unknown
40%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
58%
Unknown Facilitiated
40%
Graduate Facilitiated
2%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

50%
General Management
50%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

100%
Midwest

Students Say

Valpo's MBA program has been in existence since 2001. Students admit that "the word has not spread about Valpo," and the business community is just beginning to catch on to this new source of talented recruits. However, with the power of the Valparaiso name behind it and the strength of the MBA curriculum, students know it's just a matter of time before their program begins to draw its rightful share of attention from recruiters.

Many Valpo students are already employed when they begin their MBA and plan to continue at their current companies after graduation. However, those who are looking for new positions have access to the Valparaiso University Career Center. The Career Center serves the school's graduate and undergraduate community and offers a variety of professional development workshops and career counseling, campus career fairs, and a job search database.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 50% $70,000 $70,000 $70,000 $70,000
General Management 50% $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 50% $47,500 $47,500 $40,000 $55,000
Consumer Products 25% $86,000 $86,000 $86,000 $86,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 25% $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Prominent Alumni

Rachel Saxon
President, Horizon Trust & Investment Management

Joan Fischmann
AVP, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank

Jay Jorbin
Director of International Finance, Walgreens

Paul Stark
Manager of Logistics & Planning, ArcelorMittal

Jeff Perry
Global Risk Manager, Kellogg

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 10

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$14,420

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$0

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
33%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
10%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Loans
0%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$30,000
Tuition (Out-State)
$30,000
Fees (In-State)
$553
Fees (Out-State)
$553

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$833
Tuition (Out-State)
$833

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,500
Academic Expenses
$4,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
70
Part Time
83%

In State
67.0%
Out of State
33.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
50

Demographics

33.00%
International

25% female
75% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Valpo MBAs are primarily part-time students. Part-timers range from twenty-two to fifty-five years old and have, on average, almost ten years of professional experience coming into the program. They typically "exhibit strong leadership skills with an emphasis on integrity, fairness, honesty and trust." Full-timers tend to be younger and less experienced. International students make up 1 percent of the part-time student body and 8 percent of the full-time population.

On campus, there are athletic events and multicultural events weekly for our enjoy- ment," and the program "encourages interaction with fellow students outside the class- room throughout the week." For those seeking big city entertainment, Chicago is only fifty miles to the northwest—you can't get much more "big city" than that! On the other hand, part-timers are typically too busy for any of that.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Cindy Scanlan
Assistant Director

Address
104 Urschel Hall
1909 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383
United States

Phone
219-465-7952

Fax
219-464-5789

Email
mba@valpo.edu


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